Grostenquin France

The Early Days
June 1952 - December 1952


In an attempt to determine what took place at Grostenquin during the "Early Days" I sent an email message to a number of RCAF personnel who indicated that they arrived at 2 Wing in 1952. We have received a number of responses - some short, and some not so short. Regardless of the amount of detail provided, "it's the thought that counts", and collectively, the detail which is provided allows you, the reader, with some idea of what took place between June 1952 and December 1952." Our thanks to everyone who has taken the time to share their memories.


Comments by Norm Avery (1952-1953) Get Some Mud on Your Boots


Comments by Gerry Cann (1952-1954) The Early Days


Comments by Gaston Dube (1952-1953) The Early Days


Comments by Al Hampshire (1952-1955) The Way It Was


Comments by Ray Johnston (1952-1953) The Early Days


Comments by Ed Landry (1952-1953) The Early Days


Comments by Tom McGovern (1952-1954) The Early Days


Comments by Jacques Nadeau (1952-1955) The Early Days


Comments by Roy Norman (1952-1955) The Early Days


Comments by Ron Rockey (1952-1953) The Early Days


Comments by Bob Smith (1952-1953) The Early Days


Comments by Laurie Stewart (1952-1953) The Early Days


Comments by Hank Tatarchuk (1952-1953) The Early Days


Comments by Maurice-Andre Vigneault (1952-1955) The Early Days


Comments by Ray Walker (1952-1953) The Early Days


Comments by Bill Worthy (1952-1953) The Road to Big Muddy



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  1. Travel Orders to France, Page 1 of 2 - 25 October 1952.
    Courtesy Claude Bernier.

  2. Travel Orders to France, Page 2 of 2 - 25 October 1952.
    Courtesy Claude Bernier.

  3. Passenger ticket on the SS Columbia - 16 October 1952.
    Courtesy Claude Bernier.

  4. Passenger ticket on the SS Columbia - 16 October 1952.
    Courtesy Jacques Nadeau.

  5. Armed Forces Movement Order - 24 September 1952.
    Courtesy Gerald Cann.

  6. Movement Eastbound memorandum - 10 September 1952.
    Courtesy Bob Smith.



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Updated: August 9, 2002